Throughout lockdown I have been watching some great home design programmes and I found that it has often inspired me to think of new ideas.
I love imagining, dreaming and planning about what I could do with my house and garden and how it could suit us better for our lifestyle.
I often come up with new ideas for what we could do, such as putting in a spiral staircase to create more space or have one big open plan living space downstairs.
And although this may be an excellent idea at the time, I am not an architect and it is not realistic, achievable, affordable, or anything that we would do in real life.
Whilst I enjoy thinking about it, I know that I will not be doing anything about it or putting legs on the idea and work it out in motion.
When God drops an idea or a dream into our thoughts we can sometimes approach that with the same mindset, that it is a lovely thought – but we just need to figure out some more details and think about it again. Or that it seems too big for us so we should just put it down and choose something more realistic to our situation.
And lockdown has sometimes supported that thought because we may feel that we have stayed stationary and some dreams which we were convinced were going to happen maybe haven’t happened yet.
Or maybe we’re starting to give up on them because life doesn’t look like what we thought it would look like.
Or maybe we’re spending so much time trying to figure out what to do that in the end we don’t do anything.
But when God gives us a plan, a dream or a vision, he also gives us the means to get there.
Proverbs 19:21 says:
‘We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails’
We don’t need to have the answers or plan how something has to come together because God has already done that and although it may feel impossible we can surrender our thoughts to heaven because once we do that the path will become ever more clear to us. So let’s pick the dreams back up and start to take those small steps of faith, trusting that our God is still moving.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says:
‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’
Written by Beth Robinson (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series